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August 28, 2020
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Support our sector with a hotel sleep over
Singapore allows inbound travel from New Zealand, Brunei
Malaysia’s BE industry commits to event safety
GM’s loyalty through COVID
Your weekly quotivation
 
 
Support our sector with a hotel sleep over
 
By Brad Foster
 
I did it. Got out. Apologies to our Victorian friends right now but it had to be done. And not a moment too soon because I’d almost forgotten what staying in a hotel was like.
 
And it was superb!
 
Five months at home was enough. I love home but when you’re there all the time, especially on the weekend, there are always things you think you should be doing. Like cleaning and weeding and mowing and painting and washing, and, and, and…
 
Continue reading here. 
 
Side note, if you're confused about the picture, Brad Foster’s grown his hair a bit during isolation. (Okay, we’re joking. That’s not him.)
Singapore allows inbound travel from New Zealand, Brunei
 
By Gerardine Donough-Tan
 
Travellers from New Zealand and Brunei Darussalam may enter Singapore from September 8 without serving the ‘stay-home notice’ if they have remained in those countries in the last consecutive 14 days before their entry. But they must apply for an Air Travel Pass between seven and 30 days before arrival. They will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and can continue their activities if it’s negative. They must also use the TraceTogether app.
 
However, while Singapore is permitting outbound general travel to New Zealand and Brunei, those countries are still closed to international arrivals.
 
But the downtime is not being wasted. Steven Dixon, Trade Marketing Manager, Asia, Tourism New Zealand, said: “We are continuing our training and outreach programmes for MICE and believe there is strong potential when borders reopen.”
Malaysia’s BE industry commits to event safety
 
Malaysia’s business events industry is gearing up for a return to normality – albeit with stricter safety measures.
 
Recently, the Business Events Council Malaysia (BECM) and the Malaysia Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS) brought together Malaysia’s venue operators to engage with the government on thorough monitoring and reporting as well as correct implementation and enforcement of the industry Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
 
The industry supply chain is directly affected by no less than six SOPs covering the various activities that take place in facilities ranging from hotels and shopping malls to convention and exhibition centres. Chief executive officer of MyCeb, Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani bin Daud, urged all industry players to collaborate and adhere to the SOPs to ensure that events and exhibitions are held in a safe and controlled environment.
 
Other matters discussed at the meeting were the government’s support of the industry and the future possibility of travel bubbles and cross-border travel.
GM’s loyalty through COVID
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
As the longest serving major hotel GM in Melbourne (maybe Australia?), Clive Scott has seen plenty in his 15 years at the helm of Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.
 
But he sees the bright side in navigating the hotel through COVID-19, buoyed by his philosophy of treating both his staff and clients as “family.”
 
He said he has kept communicating with both since COVID-19 closed most of his hotel and sent many permanent staff home on JobKeeper. He has sent them food hampers, newsletters, postcards and even recipes.
 
Unlike some other Melbourne hotels, Clive did not accept travellers forced into 14-day virus quarantine because of his long commitment to provide a healthy environment for airline crews, some of whom now fly empty planes into Melbourne but take passengers back out.
 
Maybe loyalty is one reason Sofitel, which presides over the Paris–end of Melbourne, consistently ranks as a top five-star.
Your weekly quotivation
 
We've reached the end of another week, and another newsletter, which means it's time for Darren Isenberg's quotivational reel.
 
This week's video offers a glimpse into various ways people have spoilt themselves. Be inspired. Don't we all deserve a bit of spoilage amid this pandemic madness?
 
Watch the video here. 
 
We’ve been so inspired by this week’s reel that we’re spoiling ourselves with a day off on Monday. Even us magazine folk need a break occasionally. We’ll be back on Tuesday with our daily e-newsletter. Have a splendid weekend.
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